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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Porsche Cayenne (10-18) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Porsche Cayenne (03-09) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Porsche performance and quality, diesel engine available, car-like handling

CONS

Ungainly styling on pre-facelifted cars, firm ride, expensive running costs

At a glance

New price £35,808 - £92,083
Used price £1,980 - £16,425
Fuel economy 17 - 30 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 44 - 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Porsche performance and quality, diesel engine available, car-like handling

CONS

Ungainly styling on pre-facelifted cars, firm ride, expensive running costs

Porsche Cayenne rivals

BMW
X5
4.5 out of 5 4.5

Porsche took a big risk when it launched the Cayenne - up until then it had only ever built small sports cars. But the large four-wheel drive has proved a popular choice as an alternative to models such as the Range Rover Sport and BMW X5. The Porsche badge has helped in part, but that's not to say the Cayenne is all about show. It uses a sophisticated four-wheel drive system to give superb traction, while the handling is nothing short of amazing, considering the sheer size and weight.

The original design was rather unattractive - as if a 911 body had been stretched over a large 4x4 silhouette. Thankfully significant changes in 2007 introduced a sleeker, more attractive look along with more powerful engines. However the biggest change was in early 2009 when a diesel model was introduced - making the Cayenne the first ever Porsche to be powered by a diesel engine.

Porsche Cayenne rivals

BMW
X5
4.5 out of 5 4.5